Libyan Uprising

We visit CCN.com countless number of times to read the national news and brief headlines about the global news. We’ve heard about Libya over and over again on the news throughout the semester by far, yet have we ever taken a few minutes to watch over a documentary about Libya? Let’s take a few minutes to learn about what is going on in Libya, and the cause behind the current riots and protests happening in Libya today.

Brief video on Muammar Gaddafi — Libya’s Leader

Libyan Riots & Protest

Where is Lybia?
Libya is a country in the Maghred region of North Africa. Libya faces Egypt to the east, Sudan to the south east, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. Libya is the fourth largest country in Africa by the area, and the 17th largest in the world. The capital is Tripoli – Home to 1.7 million of Libya’s 6.4 million people. [Map from Google Images]

What is Lybia?
Official Name: Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Capital: Tripoli
Government Type: Jamahiriya (a state of the masses) in theory, governed by the populace through local councils; in practice, an authoritarian state.
Chief of State: Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi
Population: 6.037 million (2007, est.) 
Area: 679,362 square miles, or slightly larger than Alaska.
Languages: Arabic, Italian, English, all are widely understood in the major cities.
Literacy: Total Population: 82.6%; Male: 92.4%; Female: 72% (2003 est.)
GDP Per Capita: $12,300 (2003)
Year of Independence: 1951

Whats going on in Lybia?
There are currently two entities claiming to be the official government of Libya. The regime of Muammar Gaddafi, officially known as the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya controls the eastern half of the country and several cities in the western half. No foreign government has officially recognized the Council as the government of Libya. The council refers to the Libyan state as the Libyan Republic.

                                                                                                       [Condensed Information from Wikipedia.]

 

 

 

 *Click on above thumbnail pictures to find out more information provided by NYtimes.com!

                                                          

 

**Breaking News! March 8, 2011


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